A close one – at puck drop
Colorado down by 5 a mere 9 minutes in
montreal» Without the benefit of a power play or injured leading scorer Alex Galchenyuk and requiring just two saves by all-world goalie Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens jumped to a 5-0 lead over the Avalanche on Saturday at the Bell Centre — JUST 8:41 INTO THE GAME.
Move aside, embarrassing. This was slow torture in a 10-1 beatdown by the Habs.
In a “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast in which former Colorado executive and coach Patrick Roy was probably watching — and laughing? — in his home province of Quebec, it got worse and worse for the Avalanche in perhaps the most pitiful period and game in franchise history. The Canadiens scored the game’s first six goals, led 6-1 after the first period and 9-1 after the second in the disappointing 1,500th career regular-season game for Avs forward Jarome Iginla, who was escorted off the ice late in the game after taking roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct minors.
Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty had four goals and Tomas Plekanec contributed four assists.
“One of the rougher games in the 1,500 (club),” Iginla said. “But those happen and that’s sport. It felt good to go out and play it. Guys and family were supportive, and it was cool to do it here — but not the result (I